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Custom Holiday Cards and Gifts at Minted
We love our new holiday card from  Minted !

We love our new holiday card from Minted!

One of my favorite traditions each holiday season is giving and receiving holiday cards! I love all the pictures of our friends and families and watching the kids grow over the years. Several of the cards we receive come from friends and family far away so this may be the only time I get to see their beautiful faces! I have actually saved many of these holiday cards throughout the years and paruse over all of them in January after all the hustle & bustle!

My sisters and I have been creating Christmas cards long before you could simply download a family picture and send it off to a card company to print. We would have hundreds of pictures printed and spend hours making our homemade cards. I laugh as I think of the ribbon, stamps, hole punches, card stock and vellum each card would require. And although that was fun (and incredibly time consuming), I do like the fact that it's much easier to get our cards created quickly but with the same sentiment and feeling.

This year I created and ordered my holiday cards from Minted! I love that they use designs from all different artists and creators to get their wide variety of styles. I think it is amazing that everything is voted on by readers and the winning designs are what they sell. Brilliant!

Here's a look at this years winner at  Minted !

Here's a look at this years winner at Minted!

I am thrilled at how easy their website is to navigate and on top of all of that they have amazing gifts and art that I took time to really notice this year! So cheers to getting Christmas cards in the mail and finding a few gifts for myself and others at the same time.

Look at all of these fun custom  art gifts  perfect for the holidays!

Look at all of these fun custom art gifts perfect for the holidays!

Make your tablescape shine with custom  napkin sets  and tablecloths under  home decor .

Make your tablescape shine with custom napkin sets and tablecloths under home decor.

Thank you Minted! You are now a part of my Christmas tradition!

 Give Joy  by making a holiday card at Minted to benefit Unicef!

 Give Joy by making a holiday card at Minted to benefit Unicef!

Thanksgiving at Sommerthyme Farm!
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is by far my most favorite holiday! A time when family & friends come together to reconnect, relax, and EAT!  Does it get any better than that? Like many of you, we alternate our extended families for Thanksgiving. This year we are headed to Sommerthyme Farm to celebrate the holiday!

A perfect setting for Thanksgiving with family at Sommerthyme Farm on Orcas Island. 

A perfect setting for Thanksgiving with family at Sommerthyme Farm on Orcas Island. 

David’s parents have created this incredibly special place on Orcas Island where family gathers to celebrate holidays as well as many fun-filled weekends all summer long. They are such gracious hosts. This beautiful farm has seen weddings, birthday parties, charity events and lots of fun family dinners filled with great food, drinks, dancing in the kitchen, and lots of laughs!

Friends are always welcome at the farm!

Friends are always welcome at the farm!

The Thanksgiving menu is typically traditional and completely provided by David’s parents but prepared by all. This year I get to add a couple of fun side dishes and mulled cranberry apple cider to fill the house with the warmth and scent of the holiday.

Try these free printables from  Ella Claire  for your table scape.

Try these free printables from Ella Claire for your table scape.

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Maybe I'll try this sweet DIY napkin idea from  Paper + Lace .

Maybe I'll try this sweet DIY napkin idea from Paper + Lace.

I am looking forward to relaxing, cooking, reading, hiking, hanging with the kids, and (of course) a Thanksgiving feast! I hope your holiday is filled with all the things that make you grateful for another year. Happy Thanksgiving and cheers to the calm before the Christmas storm!

Here's to you and your family on this lovely Thanksgiving!

Here's to you and your family on this lovely Thanksgiving!

RelaxIng @ the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa
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With over 10 years in the hotel industry, this girl has stayed at a lot of hotels! And the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa is absolutely at the top of my list for best hotels in almost every category!

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Reveling in the zen-like atmosphere

Reveling in the zen-like atmosphere

Breathtaking views from the balcony

Breathtaking views from the balcony

Taking a dip in the infinity pool

Taking a dip in the infinity pool

If you are headed to Los Cabos, Mexico – definitely visit this amazing property. Take in it’s completely Zen-like atmosphere and beautiful design including modern guest rooms with large balconies, an array of delicious restaurants (all of which are fabulous), an incredible sandy beach and pools, pools, and more pools. Everything is top notch! But even better than all of this, is their staff. I felt absolutely pampered from the moment we arrived. They truly made all the difference.

Cocktails  in  the pool!

Cocktails in the pool!

Get your pampering treatment in this beautiful spa

Get your pampering treatment in this beautiful spa

The Marriott family of hotels should be so proud of this gem. It offers so much for guests looking to relax and enjoy their time away. Want to swim up to the bar for a cocktail? You can do that! Want a Sun Goddess treatment or a massage lesson at the spa? You can get that too! How about a game of tennis on a grass court? Yep! Dinner on the beach? No problem! It's all about you! Go enjoy this lovely property. You will be delighted to spend your precious vacation days here!

I won't forget this beautiful vacation thanks to JW Marriott

I won't forget this beautiful vacation thanks to JW Marriott

Flora Farm
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On our recent trip to Cabo we dined at one of my favorite places – Flora Farm. If any of you are traveling to Cabo this is a must see! Located in San Jose del Cabo, this 10-acre organic farm complete with a restaurant, bar, shops and lovely cottages is a unique place with lots of space to roam.

Take a tour of the farm, visit the beautiful accomodations and pool area or stroll the grounds before dinner with a tasty hibiscus margarita in hand enjoying everything the farm has to offer. A true farm to table experience and a true joy!

I love their sweet outdoor grocery area and their fun shop full of Mexican treasures – my favorite was their colorful handmade beach bags – I wanted one in every color! What a very special place, just a little off the beaten path, to enjoy an incredible dinner or brunch with beautiful surroundings.

Book early as they fill up, especially in high season!  This is a bucket list stop if you are headed to Mexico. Let me know if you make it there!  Hoping you love it as much as we do. 

Fun fact:  Adam Levine and his lovely bride got married here!  
 

So You Wanna Flip a House
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If you want to flip a house then definitely stay tuned as I share lots of ideas about the process. I can offer some great insight on all aspects of home flipping – the true story! I absolutely love designing the interiors of the homes so you will see a lot of fun pics and stories on that but I will also share my expertise on leading all aspects of the construction of these homes. If you have always wanted to do this then count me in as your biggest cheerleader shouting out “follow your interest and dream to make money flipping houses?” This is fun stuff!

I will be sharing lots of stories and pics but if you have a burning question – ask it. I love your questions! My knowledge comes from doing the work! I have flipped ALOT of houses and learned from each one of them. I can’t wait to share many of my tips and tricks in hopes you can cut out some of the pitfalls.

The beginning is about getting inspired to do it! “I have no capital”, “I work full time”, “and I don’t know any contractors.” Oh yes – I have heard it all! So, throw the excuses out the window and replace those phrases with positive self-talk that you CAN do this – because you can! When I started, I had two little kids, a hotel sales job, and no contacts in the building world. But I still went for it! So, get your game on and move forward slowly if that works better for you. But just move toward your goal.

I urge you to begin by getting up to date on your neighborhood real estate market. I suggest finding a real estate agent that will hustle to find you a lower ended property that needs fixing. (P.S. they typically get a commission on the buy and sale so they have big incentive!) Think out of the box! Can you buy a house that you can live in that is initially needing some serious fixing? Can you reach out to an elderly family member or friend that you can partner with on updating their home prior to selling? They may be ready to move on yet their home needs updating and remodeling. Take on the project and split the proceeds. Be creative! Get the word out! You are looking for opportunities. I have done projects a lot of different ways which
has made it even more interesting and exciting.

Get your mind going! Game on!

livingKamie Kahloliving